Kansas City came into town today leading the season series with Baltimore but the Birds tied it up with a 5-3 victory. Alfredo Simon got his first win of the season in his first game back with the team and Joakim Soria took the loss.
Taking the early lead, the Royals got the first two runners on base with back-to-back singles. Jeff Francoeur singled to left field to drive in the first run of the game.
Alex Gordon gave Kansas City an add-on run in the second with a solo shot to the flag court.
More insurance runs came for the visitors in the sixth inning as Francoeur singled up the middle to start it off and then stole second. He came around to score on a single by Billy Butler.
The Orioles got on the board in the sixth with Nick Markakis getting a leadoff single and stealing second base. Matt Wieters followed with an RBI double, just shy of a homer. Wieters got to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a single up the middle off the bat of pinch hitter Luke Scott.
With a late game rally, Baltimore tied it up in the ninth. J.J. Hardy and Felix Pie both doubled down the third base line to even it up at three runs apiece. With two outs, Adam Jones got a walk-off homer to give the team the win, his first in 98 at-bats to straight away center field.
Britton worked 6.0 innings and gave the Orioles at least a chance to win, allowing three runs and nine hits. He struck out and walked two on 101 pitches. The Orioles finally scored with him on the mound after going scoreless for 27.1 innings. It was his eighth quality start in 10 outings. He did not have his best stuff but made the Royals go 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and strand seven runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning.
Jeremy Accardo went scoreless in the seventh, getting out of a bases loaded jam on a fly ball to center. Hey stayed on for two outs in the eighth, retiring the two batters he faced. Clay Rapada took the mound for one batter in the eighth and sat him down. Alfredo Simon made his first appearance of the season in the ninth, going three up and three down.
Danny Duffy went 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and six strike outs. Louis Coleman came on to end the inning. Blake Wood made a relief appearance for 1.0 inning, giving up one hit. Aaron Crow also went 1.0 inning, being scoreless and hitless. Kansas City closer Joakim Soria pitched the ninth, blowing his first save against the O’s. He surrendered three runs on three hits in his 0.2 inning outing.
The offense for Baltimore strung just enough together to get the win but was not stellar on the night. They got 10 hits but were only 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners stranded on base with two in scoring position. Reimold and Snyder were the only Oriole hitters to not get a hit but only J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones had a multi-hit game. On a brighter note, Vladimir Guerrero extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fourth inning. The Birds were sat down only twice on the night.
Brian Roberts is out for at least three more weeks after heeding the advice of a specialist.
Jake Arrieta (5-2) will face Luke Hochevar (3-4) in the middle game tomorrow.